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Party Puffins-4 Card Designs with one 6″ x 6″ piece of DSP

Today I would like to show you how to make 4 cards using one 6″ x 6″ piece of Designer Series Paper. It’s a great way maximize your paper supply or an easy way to make up bulk cards as well.

For this card, I used the PARTY PUFFINS Stamp set which can be found in the May 2021-April 2021 Annual Catalogue. These cute little Puffins just scream personality don’t you think?

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I chose the PATTERN PARTY Designer series paper for this design. This paper is available as a host product that includes 48 sheets of 12″ x 12″ paper. This is only available with Stampin’ Rewards with every qualifying order of $375.00 or more. So get some friends or family together to place a single order to qualify.

I cut a square at 6″ x 6″. As you can see in the pictures below, I lined up one corner at the 1 1/2″ mark at the top of my paper trimmer than positioned the bottom corner at the 1 1/2″ mark along the edge of my paper trimmer. After cutting the paper I turned my paper around and carefully positioned the two pieces in the same position and cut again. This gave me four unique pieces to make my cards.

TIP: Cut two squares of double sided paper and use both sides of the paper for even more card layouts.

OPTION: Mark you paper at the 1 1/2″ at each corner and draw a pencil line from corner to corner before cutting. Don’t forget to erase the lines afterwards.

If you want to mat each piece, you can cut out the card stock the same way. However, I choose to save some time. I took a 6 1/2″ x 6 1/2″ piece of Basic Black Card Stock to mat the pieces. Instead of cutting out the pieces separately, I decided to attach the DSP to the card stock then cut each piece out. You can see in the picture, the DSP is not perfectly aligned so be very careful when cutting this way. You now have four matted pieces of DSP

To make up my cards, I took four card bases in Basic White and then played around with the DSP pieces until I was happy with their positions. I then attached them to my card fronts so each card is a little different.

TIP: Be aware of directional patterns when placing your pieces

I then cut out my circles in Basic White and Basic Black. After stamping the adorable puffins, I glued them to the black circle at an offset, and popped them up with Dimensional’s on the card front.

To finish my cards. I stamped my greetings in Real Red then stamped the candles and cake around the cards. After colouring them with various blender pens, I added a few embellishments to just add to the fun.

Now I love how fun the cards above look and they would be perfect cards for young or the young at heart. However, they aren’t for everybody. Just by changing up the Designer Series paper, will completely change the look of your cards.

I am currently making some Christmas cards using the same method and thought I would share how they look (so far) just for a different perspective.

With these cards, I used the TIDINGS OF CHRISTMAS Designer Series Paper and positioned the DSP in the same spot on all four cards. I then stamped and heat embossed the sentiments in gold. To finish off my cards, I plan to add some foliage in red, green and gold, behind the Poinsettia’s to fill it in a bit.

I also plan to colour the flowers with Wink of Stella to make it sparkle and maybe add some bling to embellish the card fronts.

So what do you think? If you give it a try, I would love to see pictures of your cards.

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